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For most employers, that means simple, cheap and effective measures to ensure your most valuable asset – your workforce – is protected. Why carry out a risk assessment? Risk assessments are required for all aspects of your operations. You must identify hazards and assess the level of risk they present to employees and others. The law does not expect you to eliminate all risk, but you are required to protect people as far as ‘reasonably practicable’. Effective risk assessment Procedures must be implemented to ensure that: A competent person is identified to carry out a risk assessment Hazards must be